Archives for June 2013

Episode 11: Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs

With all apologies to The Minutemen, we talk with Derek Zanetti of The Homeless Gospel Choir about making music with a meaning.  Derek plays live for us new songs for us from the new album he is working on.   He already has some really great albums : the fairly new Luxury Problems, my personal favorite Some People Never Go Anywhere, and You Work So Hard Just to Be Like Everyone Else, which I haven’t heard yet.

We also have a nice chat about what the songs mean, the contemporary crisis of identity, and how you’re better off chopping up your friends when they die.

As always, we swear.

Episode 10: Public Animal No. 1

The late GG Allin is one of the most compelling musical curiosities I have ever encountered.  His raw, uncompromising performances have fascinated me since I first learned about him in 1997, 4 years after his death.  I thought it would be a good idea to have two of my friends who have never seen the Todd Phillips documentary Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies over, make them watch it, and record their reactions for a podcast.  The film is graphic.  I can’t even post the trailer without fear of getting busted by the Internet police. GG is difficult to pin down into any category, and the film puts even the most jaded viewer into unknown territories and uncomfortable positions.  In this podcast, we not only talk about GG Allin, but we discuss aesthetics, nihilism, and a lonely and sad Christmas I had a few years ago where nobody got me what I really wanted.

On second thought, this probably wasn’t such a good idea.

Adam Rousseau and Brett Zoric are longtime friends of We’re All Gonna Die.  Brett, of course, wrote our theme music, and they are both in the awesome bands Triggers and Chrome Baby Jesus.

There’s lots of swearing in this one, and that tinkling sound you hear throughout . . . that’s the ice in our drinks.

Episode 9: Improv(e)

Spiff Wiegand is back to talk about improvisation and the role it plays in the creative process.   For the past two weeks, he has improvised a new song every day.   The exercise has taught him a lot about the creative process and how one should think about doing art.  We talked about the importance of play and of not taking oneself too seriously.  Also, I get all professorial and start citing my sources, and Spiff improvised and recorded a brand new song.

You can keep track of his improvized songs at  https://soundcloud.com/spifftunes.  And here you can heard the song he recorded during the podcast called “Spent My Morning Talking to a Yeti“.

Spiff is a musician and actor his old website is spiffwiegand.com and his new website will soon be spifftunes.com.  It’s not yet ready, but go ahead, keep clicking on it.  I dare you!

As always, there’s a little mild swearing.